DANCING FOR JOY

Zeph. 3:14  Sing, O daughter of Zion!

Shout, O Israel!

Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,

O daughter of Jerusalem!

Singing and dancing in a religious gathering; to some that just seems too weird. They can dance at the club, they can do their moves at the wedding celebration, they may even do the victory dance at a football game, but at church?! You can’t be serious!!! Actually, dancing is one of the most spiritual things you can do. It is a display of emotion with your whole body, at the end of the day our strongest feelings go out to our first love. That is exactly the place the Lord wants in all of our lives.

I think of the very first tent meeting we did when we were starting Victory fellowship in New Orleans. Saturday night before we started I was at the church praying and seeking God for the services when this message came to me out of Zephaniah. It was a message about extreme joy, the kind of joy that gets your whole body involved, the kind of joy that causes your feet to get involved in the celebration. Today’s verse was the scripture reference and my message was about reasons to rejoice. In the passage in lists several reasons to dance for joy: 1. the Lord has taken away our judgements.  2. He has cast our our enemies.  3. The Lord is in our midst.  4. We will see disaster no more. We had a great week of meetings and I think there may have been some dancing for joy. Here is a Dick Mills word study on spiritual joy.

DICK MILLS

“3:18 joy, gil: To joy, rejoice, be glad, be joyful. Gil contains the suggestion of “dancing for joy,” or “leaping for joy,” since the verb originally meant “to spin around with intense motion.” This lays to rest the notion that the biblical concept of joy is only “a quiet, inner sense of well-being.” God dances for joy over Jerusalem and because of His people (Is. 65:19; Zeph. 3:17). The righteous Messiah shall rejoice in God’s salvation with an intensity that the psalmist cannot find words to describe (Ps. 21:1). In turn, His redeemed citizens are joyful in their King; they praise Him with dances, with instruments, and with singing (Ps. 149:2, 3). Although everything is wrong in Habakkuk’s external world, he is leaping for joy over his fellowship with Yahweh.”

So come on, lighten up a little. Put on those dancing shoes. It’s time to rejoice in the Lord.

One Reply to “DANCING FOR JOY”

  1. WHEW HOO, YES INDEED, HALLELUJAH. AWESOME BLOG. I CAN REMEMBER ONE SUNDAY MORNING BEING IN CHURCH AND THE LORD SPOKE TO ME AS I WAS STANDING THERE GETTING READY TO WORSHIP, HE SAID DANCE FOR ME TODAY KEVIN LIKE YOU YOU USE TO DANCE IN THE CLUBS ON BOURBON STREET AND TO ALL THAT GARBAGE MUSIC. I STOOD THERE AND LOOKED AROUND CHURCH AS WE WERE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION AND I TOLD HIM LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE IN HERE/ CHURCH. I TRIED TO GET OUT OF IT BUT HE SAID THERE WAS ALOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE IN THE CLUBS YOU DANCED IN AND IT DIDN’T BOTHER YOU. I TOLD JESUS , YEAH I KNOW BUT I WAS DRUNK AND HIGH, HE SAID DANCE FOR ME AND I WILL MAKE YOU HIGH AND DRUNK. WELL GUESS WHAT, JESUS WON, HE SAID TO ME LET IT GO WORSHIP THE REAL KING WITH YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR AND DRINK WITH ME. AS THE DAY WENT FORWARD HE SAID ALL MUSIC AND DANCING BELONGS TO ME, SOUNDS OF MUSIC, ALL EQUIPMENT AND BASS AND TREBLE. SING AND DANCE FOR ME KEVIN. THAT DAY WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WHEN I CLOSED MY EYES AND MEDITATED AND DANCED FOR/WITH THE LORD IN CHURCH THAT DAY. I REMEMBER TELLING MYSELF DON’T WORRY ABOUT THESE PEOPLE ITS ME AND YOU FATHER, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT.
    AS WE BEGAN TO WORSHIP THAT DAY IT WAS ON, I LET IT GO AND LET HIM HAVE HIS WAY with ME AND I THANK HIM DAILY FOR SHOWING ME WHO HAS THE POWER WHEN WE DANCE FOR THE KING. HIS PRESENCE IS AMAZING ALL IN ALL. I LOVE DANCING FOR THE KING, JESUS HAS THE BEST DANCE FLOOR.. I COME ALIVE ON HIS DANCE FLOOR. WAS DRUNK AND HIGH THAT DAY WHEN I LEFT CHURCH AND IT ALL WAS FREE… DIDNT HAVE TO BUY A BEER OR GET ANYTHING ELSE… PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME. HE IS THE BEST XTC , HIGH YOU WILL EVER WANT AND NEED. TASTE AND DANCE FOR JESUS. I DANCE AT HOME NOW AND WE JUST DANCE AND HAVE FUN ALL DAY LONG. EVEN DANCING IN THE YARD, DONT KNOW WHAT NEIGHBOR S SAY BUT ITS OK… I HAVE MY PRECIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT.. CALL ME DAVID…. WE LOVE TO WORSHIP THE KING….
    ONE TASTE IS ALL IT TAKES….
    THANK YOU JESUS…
    HAVE AN AWESOME DAY IN OUR KING PASTOR FRANK, LOVE YOU.. ALL MY DAYS I WILL DANCE FOR JESUS, KING OF KINGS… O HOW I LOVE HIS PRESENCE… PRECIOUS… HALLELUJAH…
    FIRE….

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